This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.
God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.
The Bible says in John 3:14-15: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from B.B. Warfield. He said: “It is never on account of its formal nature as a mental act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving. It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or nature of faith, but in the object of faith.”
Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 5) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
The illustration from the Old Testament in John 3:14 does not support the lordship/discipleship/mastery position. The mastery issue was not involved when the Israelites were told to look at the serpent on the pole in order to be healed of otherwise fatal snakebites. They only had to look to live. They did not have to commit to be willing to follow God through the rest of their wilderness experiences. And indeed they did not follow Him thereafter. They may not have complained again about the food they had to eat, but they did sin again very grievously when they worshiped Baal of Peor.
Look and live! Some who looked must have just been bitten. But they saw around them those dead from the bites. Others must have themselves been near death. How long a look? A glance or a minute? How close to the pole? Just within sight or near enough to touch? With sickened, glazed eyes or clear eyes? Those things made no difference. To look was all that was required for healing.
The Hebrew word for “look” used in Numbers 21:8 “calls for no special comment, for it is the common word for seeing with the eyes.” A different root for “look” in Numbers 21:9 “represents that which one does with the eye, embracing everything from a mere glance to a careful, sustained, and favorable contemplation.” So the particular words used in this passage convey no special significance to the kind of look an Israelite had to give.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.